2nd May, 2012
The management of the Kwara State University has shut the institution indefinitely and directed the students to proceed on a break.
A statement signed by the registrar of the university, Mrs. Modupe Akinrinmade, said resumption date would be communicated to the students later.
“Students are therefore, advised to vacate the hostels latest by 2p.m. Wednesday, May 2, 2012”, the registrar directed.
Shedding more light on why the university was closed down, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. AbdulRasheed Na’Allah said, “we have to do that unfortunately because we want to make sure that there is peace in the campus. There are some students who did not register for this academic year.
“As you know in any university, when you come in, the first two weeks or so are for registration. And if you register then, you take courses. We have students who have not registered. We however, continued to reopen registration many times.”
He explained further that “I also opened communication with them and encouraged them to register. We started on January 9, by March after we reopened registration many times, we had to end it.
” Unfortunately those of them who had not registered, now that the examination is around the corner, they now want the university to allow them to write examinations which is not done anywhere in the world. I guess they want to force their way.”
Some students of the institution had this morning staged a demonstration, protesting their inability to register for their courses. The peaceful protest, according to sources, later became violent, forcing the university’s management to shut down the institution.
On the student’s protest, the VC explained that “initially, they demonstrated peacefully which was excellent because we feel students must be active. We should know what they think. But this morning, some of them burnt bonfire at the nearby bypass and later they entered campus and went into the hostel to try to force students to join them.
“So we realised that the best thing to do is to let them go home so that there will be peace.”
By Stephen Oni/Ilorin